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OKC Thunder Signs Justin Patton

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 13, 2019 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed center Justin Patton to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Patton (7-0, 241) has played in four NBA games with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game. He has appeared in 49 G League games (30 starts) in two seasons and averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.49 blocks and 1.00 steal in 22.1 minutes per game.

The Nebraska native was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 16 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft before being traded to Minnesota on draft night. In his one collegiate season at Creighton, he was named Big East Freshman of the Year and ranked second nationally in field goal percentage.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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